Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday Post #88: I'm Back

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.  

See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

It’s been a while and I’m super excited to participate in the Sunday Post again. Life has changed for us since the last time I did a Sunday Post. (I wrote about this big change in my Baby, I’m Back post on Monday if you’re interested.) And this week I got Maureen’s Books up and running again. I’m super excited! Having a baby girl to take care of and blogging seemed impossible after Rosanne was first born. But thankfully now we have a rhythm of our own again, and I love every minute of our life.

This week has been pretty good. Blogging again has been great. Our girl got her first shots this week, which was pretty sad because this made her have her very first ‘real’ tears too. And that was definitely also hard for mom. The rest of the week we had some visitors and we visit my mom on Friday. We had a nice lunch and the weather was great so we walked around a bit.

This weekend we don’t have a lot planned. We have a birthday party on Sunday but not much else. I hope to be able to visit you all this weekend. I’ve missed being a part of the Sunday Post! 

Last Week On The Blog:

This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Deceiving Bella’ by Cate Beauman
  • Review ‘The Look of Love’ by Bella Andre

New Arrival:

Happy Sunday! How was your week?

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Book Promo 'Giada. A Guilty Love' by Anna Chillon

Today I’m sharing a Book Promo for ‘Guida. A Guilty Love’ by Anna Chillon. This is an Adult Contemporary Romance novel that will be published on October 5th. Anna Chillon has had many successful books in Italy, 'Guida. A Guilty Love' is the first one that publishes in English. 

About The Book:
On my eighteenth birthday I thought that life was about to look up, far from imagining what was really in wait for me. Soon I would be overwhelmed, shaken to the foundations, by something much bigger than me, throwing my body and heart into the mouth of a man with the character of a wolf. It was going to be a scandal and a disgrace: no one would understand, because no one knew the many truths that the wolf had been so good at concealing. 
Perhaps even he had a heart, albeit a worn out one.
And perhaps, if I fought and ignored appearances, sooner or later I would discover it.

This is an erotic romance for adults only.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 5th, 2018
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Available at:

The Book Trailer:

About the Author:

Anna Chillon is known for her contemporary, urban-fantasy and historical romances, characterized by a strong erotic charge. She lives with her husband Robby in Sardinia, because, besides writing, she loves the sea, the energy of nature and pizza. She also collaborates with Robby for all aspects of the publication, Janette Brandanu for the production of audiobooks and Sally Ibba for the English version of her writing.

For more information about Anna please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Review 'Rewrite The Stars' by Julieann Dove
For ten summers Claire and her mother had been guests at the Prescott’s beach house at Kelly’s Cove. And for ten years she played with Mallory and her twin brother, Colin. But it wasn’t until she returned after college graduation for her last summer there, that she realized Colin had grown into a guy who made her knees knock just by smiling at her. Being from different worlds, she knew nothing would come from her attraction to him.

Having returned to the states from studying abroad for four years, the last person Colin thought he’d find staying in his bedroom was Claire Ashton. Lanky and awkward during her adolescent years, he had to look twice to make sure this was the same girl. After a week together it was obvious he’d overlooked something before, because he felt things for her he’d never experienced before. There was only one problem—his last name and all that came with it would never permit him to be with her.

In the end, it’s either love or prestige that will win in the game of love.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
August 23rd, 2018
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

When I read the book description of ‘Rewrite the Stars’ I knew this was a book I wanted to read. I love reading romance novels and this book just sounded so good. And I also loved that cover. So I was super excited when I received the email saying I could read this book.  

In ‘Rewrite the Stars’ we meet Claire. Claire has spent her summers with her mother at the Prescott’s Beach House for years. And for years she spent her summers there with Mallory and her brother Colin. After Claire’s mom passes away, Claire is surprised that Mrs. Prescott still invites her to come stay at the Beach House. Back at the Beach House Claire sees Colin again for the first time in years, and she is immediately swapped away by him. And for Colin, seeing Claire again after all these years definitely awakens something in him. But they are from two totally different worlds. And Colin’s family is not easy. Their name and status mean a lot to them. But will their love be enough to stand up to Colin’s family? 

When I first started reading this book I really enjoyed it. I really liked Claire’s character and I loved the whole summer romance thing she had with Colin. I definitely enjoyed reading about Claire and Colin especially in the beginning. And there romance seemed to develop very quickly. What became clear after reading only the first view chapters was that this book had more up its sleeve then only the romance development. I for one thought the book was already almost at its end, but we were only half way through and unfortunately I lost my interest a little then. 

This book has a major twist in it that wasn’t bad at all, but took a long time to be revealed. And I just didn’t really like this book as much after the first half. It wasn’t a bad story, but I just thought it took to long. And I really didn’t like the decisions Claire made. 
Unfortunately I also didn’t really ‘feel’ the romance between Clair and Colin as much as I would have liked. 

Overall this book was nice enough, but not really one for me.

My Rating:

About the Author:

Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and six fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

For more information about Julieann please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.  

I received this ARC from Caffeinated Services in exchange for my honest review. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Baby, I'm Back

So today I’m super excited to announce that I’m officially back in the blogging world. And boy did things change in our lives. We are a family of three now and it’s been an amazing, life changing, sometimes challenging, but overall wonderful seven weeks. And today I’m going to tell you all about it. 

On August third, three and half weeks early our beautiful baby girl Rosanne Emily was born. Giving birth to her was the scariest and most beautiful thing that I ever did. And I was so happy and proud of my husband who didn’t leave my side until our girl was there. Labor took almost ten hours and it was definitely intense. But thankfully our baby girl came healthy into this world.

Since Rosanne was born to early we had to be hospitalized just to make sure our girl was growing and eating well. Thankfully our baby girl did great from her very first day. And boy did we instantly fall in love wit her. I stayed with her in the hospital and for two days I didn’t sleep more than an hour at a time. I just couldn’t stop watching her. I was completely overwhelmed with how much love I immediately felt for this tiny little girl who looked like me and my husband. It was such an intense and amazing feeling. There’s nothing like it. 

On August sixth we finally were able to go home. I loved bringing our girl home but it was pretty scary too. Would I be able to do everything I needed too? Would I hear her in the night? Was she going to be okay? I felt a lot of different things at the same time. But thankfully it went well. At least it seemed to go well. Unfortunately the next day our midwife came by and thought Rosanne looked too ‘yellow’. Pretty frustrating since I asked the doctors in the hospital about that the day before and was told this was nothing to worry about. Our midwife made an appointment for us at the hospital and they took some blood. We soon found out that Rosanne had a very high bilirubin level in her blood. This is common with premature babies but her levels were so high that she had to be hospitalized again and needed light therapy. Thankfully I was allowed to stay with her but I was just so sad. I hated seeing her lying in that bed, not being allowed to hold her the way I wanted too. But it was for a good cause and thankfully the light therapy worked well and we were able to go home again a week after she was born on August tenth. 

And since that last hospital visit everything has been going great. Obviously it took a little while to get used to our new life as parents. Taking care of this tiny baby girl is definitely unlike anything I’ve ever done but I love it. I love everything about it. Breastfeeding was challenging in the beginning but thankfully it worked out and now it’s all going great. Rosanne is growing at a good pace and I can’t believe that she is already almost two months old. Time is definitely going really fast.

One sad thing that happened was that we had to say goodbye to our cat since he didn’t go well with Rosanne. He just couldn’t cope with the change in the house and he kept being aggressive to her. Super sad.. but our baby girl is our priority now. And I’m hopeful he will find a good new home again. 

Here in The Netherlands we are pretty lucky to have great rules about maternity leave, so I won’t have to work until the end of November. And I plan to enjoy our little girl as much as I can till then. When I have to go back to work, it will definitely be strange and different again. It will probably take some getting used too again. Especially with day care etc. But I will only be working three days a week. Definitely different than the fulltime work I did before having Rosanne. But for now we are enjoying our little girl as much as we possible can. And it’s so much fun to see her grow and learn new things. Life is definitely never been better. 

So from today forward I’m back on Maureen’s Books. I’m not really sure how many posts a week I will be able to do with being a new mom and finding a new rhythm etc. But.. Maureen’s Books is up and running again and I can’t wait to share my reviews again and talking with you all. 

For now.. Thank you so much for being patient with me and lets read!!
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